Faculty & Staff Professional Development

2018-19 Professional Development

Online Workshops

Accessibility 101

Accessibility 101 at SPSCC covers a variety of topics on how to make your documents, presentations, purchases, course materials, and even e-mail accessible to all who need it. Whether you are building an electronic flyer to advertise an event on the campus televisions, crafting a presentation, or creating documents for your students to use in class, this fully online, self-paced workshop will help you ensure that your materials are available and work for any audience. For questions, contact Missy Yates.

SPSCC Quality Review Rubric 

The Quality Review Rubric Primer workshop is a fully online, self-paced workshop to help you prepare your online course for your Dean’s review. This course includes a series of brief modules designed to help you identify where your course can be improved and what steps to take. There are options available for how to complete each module, so you can really target the areas you feel are most necessary.  You can self-enroll in the course and complete it at your own pace by visiting the Canvas page for the course.

Additional Quality Matters Training 

Quality Matters is a national organization committed to quality in online course design; QM standards are employed and recognized at colleges across the country. Our own Quality Review Rubric was built using Quality Matters as a foundation. 

The State Board currently offers a full range of Quality Matters trainings, a great opportunity for anyone currently teaching --or planning to teach-- for multiple WA colleges. To learn more, visit the Quality Matters Program page at the State Board for Technical and Community Colleges. When you're ready to register, please contact Kari Thierer or Brady Fowler to get started.

Washington State Board-Sponsored Workshops

The Washington State board offers routine online workshops at key points throughout the year. These workshops include an in-depth introduction to Canvas as a teacher, a State Board version of Accessibility 101, and courses on adopting Open Education Resources in your classroom. Visit the State Board page for more information, including schedule and availability. 

These courses are scheduled events, with due dates and time limits, so make sure you review the time commitment before signing up. For more information on each offering, or to register, visit the SBCTC eLearning Professional Development page.


Face-to-Face Workshops

Accessibility 101 Labs

IT Services sponsors a monthly face-to-face session to coincide with the online Accessibility 101 course. These labs specialize on a particular element of accessible design in each session, with lab time available for content creators who need help in making their documents accessible. For the full schedule including topics and location, please visit the IT Training & Resources page

Adjunct Faculty Academy

Adjunct faculty can apply to participate in the 2018-2019 Adjunct Faculty Academy. The academy reads the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching to engage foundational concepts of teaching and learning. Through seminars, peer collaboration, and independent projects participants learn and practice strategies of curricular design, classroom instruction, and authentic assessment. Participants will assemble a teaching portfolio as part of this Academy. Faculty members who successfully complete the Academy receive a stipend of $1000. Participants must be able to attend daytime Friday sessions throughout the academic year.

Data Dashboard: Topics & Training

Join Institutional Researcher Jennifer Tuia to learn how to better navigate our institutional data resources.  These session provide a hands on opportunity for data exploration, data resources, and conversations regarding how staff and faculty might use this data to inform our work as educators to best support student success. There is no need to register for these sessions. These sessions will be held in 22-180, on the following dates:

  • October 2, 2018 from 2-3pm
  • February 5, 2019 from 11am-12pm
  • May 7, 2019 from 2-3pm
Examity for Online Proctoring

Examity is a Canvas-authenticated tool that  can be used to proctor any test, whether in Canvas or elsewhere, and can help you verify that the right student is taking the test and help eliminate plagiarism in your classes. To learn more about Examity and how to set it up in your class, visit the Examity Resources page, or contact Brady Fowler


Communities of Practice

To enroll in  the Community of your choice, contact James Schneider.

Bridging the Achievement Gap

Facilitated by James Schneider

Year-long commitment, 5 hours/quarter

We’ve all heard that there is an achievement gap in student success. This cohort will analyze achievement gap data as we explore institutional barriers that prevent marginalized students from completion. Then we will research intervention strategies and develop intentional approaches to working with our most vulnerable students. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Best Practices for Professional Technical Instructors

Facilitated by Kari Thierer

Year-long commitment, 6-8 hours/quarter

This cohort will focus on strategies to support Professional/Technical instructors to build their capacity as instructors of adult learners. Participants will have the opportunity to learn with one another about different aspects of teaching, including classroom set-up and management; student engagement; curriculum planning; assessment development; data analysis and more. Additionally, we will spend time sharing ideas and best practices for managing both the instructional and non-instructional workload of faculty. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Cheating Lessons: Best Practices in Assessment

Facilitated by John Schaub

Year-long commitment, 3-4 hours/quarter

James Lang’s Cheating Lessons was a hit with faculty members who participated in this community of practice in the past, although most thought the title of the book was a little off. The book does take a look at why students feel compelled to cheat, and what we as teachers can do to prevent it. But more importantly, it also includes thoughtful discussions of a variety of strategies to authentically measure student learning. This faculty cohort will read and discuss Lang’s book, look at various best practices and recommendations, and make meaningful changes to at least one assignment. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

The Cognitive and Ethical Growth of our Students

Facilitated by Jason Salcedo and James Schneider

Year-long commitment, 4-5 hours/quarter

This group will explore applying the principles of William Perry’s scheme for intellectual and cognitive development to student assessment. His scheme provides a unique look at student learning as they move from more binary to more relativistic thinking. The cohort will read Perry’s scheme and responses to that scheme such as Women’s Ways of Knowing. This work will include collaboration with Bill Moore who leads The Perry Network, an organization focused on Perry’s work. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Contextualizing Curriculum for Pathways

Facilitated by James Schneider and Erica Dixon

Quarter-long commitment, 4-5 hours

We all know that we are being asked to contextualize our curriculum to pathways. But what does this mean, and how do we design our curriculum in ways that do this? Meaningful contextualization requires thoughtful and intentional curricular design and focused collaboration time with colleagues. This cohort will provide guidance for contextual design and opportunities for collaboration with faculty from around the college. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Continuing OnCourse

Facilitated by Sally Sharbaugh

Year-long commitment, 3-4 hours/quarter

Continue to explore the concepts and teaching strategies introduced in the On Course I Workshop taught by Dr. Skip Downing.  The focus and work of this cohort will be based upon which OnCourse trainings you have completed. OnCourse I graduates will develop new classroom strategies based on at least one of the eight OnCourse success principles. OnCourse II graduates will discuss strategies for scaling up these practices. Cohort members will report, discuss, and reflect on their continued application of OnCourse materials. This community of practice is restricted to faculty who have completed OnCourse trainings. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Faculty Peer Mentoring/Consulting Group

Facilitated by Rob Cherry

Meets monthly for the academic year

This community of practice will create an opportunity for faculty to come together to support each other in doing the important and challenging work we do through the sharing of information, experiences, advice, support and listening. Open to the discussion of any subjects relevant to the enhancement of our work as teachers. The group will operate on a peer-mentoring model and will function without an official lead facilitator. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program. 

IBEST: Introduction to the Team Teaching Model

Facilitated by Corrie Martin and Annamary Fitzgerald

Quarter-long commitment, 4 hours

IBEST has been a fixture at SPSCC since 2007, but do you know what it is? Did you know there is a plan to expand IBEST into every pathway? Did you know that IBEST is a chance to team teach with your colleagues? This CoP offers time to learn more about what IBEST is and can look like in the classroom. Join us for a one quarter commitment to explore this instruction option. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Implementing Classroom Technology

Facilitated by Brady Fowler

Quarter-long commitment, 3-4 hours

“This piece of technology will solve all your problems.” You’ve heard that before, right? Well, we know that’s not true, and in this community, we’ll look at strategies for researching technological solutions, implementing those solutions, and using them effectively in the classroom. Participants will explore their class, identify issues that technology may solve, and create a plan for solving those issues. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Latest Research on STEM Pedagogy

Facilitated by James Chen

Quarter-long commitment, 4-5 hours

Focusing on current science pedagogy and open to all faculty interested in this conversation. Will include search and review of recent science-focused peer-reviewed educational literature and related media, with discussion of evidence promoting ongoing science educational and collaborative efforts. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Linguistics of Cultural Proficiency

Facilitated by Amanda Ybarra and James Schneider

Year-long commitment, 5 hours/quarter

In this community of practice we will work to understand how we as instructors, as well as our students, respond to and interact with the many layers of instructor identities, creating an awareness of the ways our identities and biases affect our students and our classroom culture. We will explore the complexity of diversity as we determine strategies to use our awareness to be more effective and inclusive teachers. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Managing Conflict in Our Lives

Facilitated by Kaidren Winiecki

Year-long commitment, 3-4 hours/quarter

This cohort will learn and develop skills for managing conflict through study of Donna Hicks’ book Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays In Resolving Conflict.  Discussions will center around how elements of dignity, and dignity violations, influence relationships in the classroom, the workplace, families, and beyond. Through conversation and analysis this cohort will explore and strengthen skills related to empathy, negotiation, and creating satisfying solutions to conflict. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Mindfulness: A Contemplative Practice for Modern Times

Facilitated by Sally Sharbaugh

Weekly sessions on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30

Sally Sharbaugh shares insight and instruction for intentional mindfulness practice and its application at work and home.  This is an opportunity to explore concentration and loving-kindness mindfulness practices in a supportive group.  No prior experience with meditation required.  Discover a new mindfulness practice or use the weekly sessions to sustain and grow your current practice. There is no need to register for these sessions.

Native Student Success

Facilitated by C.J. Dosch

Year-long commitment, 4-5 hours/quarter

This group of faculty and staff will learn about best practices and strategies for increasing community and success for Native students on campus. We will study Native student experiences, cultural competency, inclusiveness, curriculum options, and tribal connections. The group will share findings with the campus community through events, workshops, and ongoing discussions. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Understanding and Supporting International and Non-Native Speakers of English in College Classes

Facilitated by Bin Zhang, Julie Williamson and Heather Williams

Year-long commitment, 2-4 hours/quarter

Using an equity lens, we will examine strategies (many of which incorporate Universal Design principles) to build an understanding of the linguistic and cultural barriers that students face when English is not their first language and/or the United States is not their country of origin.  Participants will be presented with (and co-create) success strategies and examine relevant intercultural communication principles.  Participants will be supported in working through challenges and incorporating changes into their classes. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Professing While Female: Faculty and Staff Identities in Higher Education

Facilitated by Melissa Meade and Kathleen Byrd

Commitment TBA

This community of practice will consider issues related to faculty and staff identities (our intersecting, multiple identities -- gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, and more). We will survey the literature on bias, develop frameworks for our experiences, and strategize for more culturally-inclusive workplaces. Topics may include: bias in student evaluations; workload expectations; visible and invisible labor; imposter syndrome; credibility gaps; language and affect. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.

Yoga and The Peak Performing Professor

Facilitated by Kathleen Byrd

Weekly sessions on Mondays from 4-5pm

Wondering how to achieve an optimal work-life balance? Looking for ways to align your various professional roles with your deepest values and sense of purpose?

Our time will be divided between a guided yoga practice for improved energy and stress reduction, and discussion of and exercises from Susan Robison’s The Peak Performing Professor (2013). Robison offers techniques, strategies, and practical tools for managing the complexities of academic life. Participation in the Community of Practice will help you develop or refine a teaching philosophy and help you develop short-term and long-range professional development goals that are most meaningful to you. You’re welcome to join this COP for a quarter or for the academic year. To register, visit the Canvas page for the program.